2023-2024 Student Science and Technology Communication Competition

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS) sponsors an annual Student Science Communication Competition. Effective communication of science, technical, and other information, is an important aspect of the various science, technology, engineering and math-based professions. This competition is one means by which the Nova Scotian Institute of Science promotes the development of communications skills in young scientists.

The competition evaluates submissions from currently registered Nova Scotia Community College students, Undergraduate and Graduate Students at a Nova Scotian Universities, and new this year, High School Students in grades 10-12 registered at a NS public or private school.  Full submissions received on time by the Competition Coordinators, are eligible.

Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring submissions in three categories as evaluated by our pool of judges.

  • A minimum prize of $600 will be awarded for a Community College or Undergraduate Student submission.
  • A minimum prize of $600 will be awarded for a Graduate Student submission.
  • A minimum prize of $300 will be awarded for a High School Student Submission

*Prizes are subject to increase depending on additional competition sponsorship and final scores. Honorable mentions and additional prizes may be awarded in situations where there are essays scoring as a close second in a given category.

Other perks to submitting a paper:

  • Students will receive critical feedback to improve their science communication and writing skills
  • All students who submit a manuscript will be offered a free 1-year membership in the NSIS.
  • The winning and other high-quality submissions may be posted on the NSIS website and winning authors will be invited to submit their paper to the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, a peer-reviewed, Atlantic Canadian journal.
  • Winning students will be featured on the NSIS website (with consent to use their photo) with a brief bio including place and subject of study and their essay title.

    The NSIS would like to acknowledge Cape Breton University and Saint Mary’s University, Faculty of Science for their generous contributions to the competition. Thank you!


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